Commentary

By: Father Douglas K. Clark, STL
Originally Appeared in : 9823-11/8/18

Two weeks ago, in these pages, I “took a walk down memory lane,” recalling the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, that “ended” the First World War, at the same time practically guaranteeing a Second World War. A little over two months earlier, my father had been born.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : Issue 9823-11/8/18

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  (Matthew 17:20)

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

For some reason, I have always been able to remember dates, which helped me to think chronologically from a very young age and led to my majoring in history. Certain dates mean something and some such significant anniversaries are approaching.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9822-10/25/18

Occasionally, when I write a column about racism or gun violence or injustice, readers will write to tell me I should be writing about abortion. My response to them is this: I haven’t met a Catholic (my readership) who doesn’t know the Church’s position on abortion. Yet I’ve met many Catholics who either don’t know or don’t choose to take into account the Church’s teaching on other life issues.

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him” (Ps 34:6). The words of the Psalmist become our own whenever we are called to encounter the different conditions of suffering and marginalization experienced by so many of our brothers and sisters whom we are accustomed to label generically as ‘the poor.’” — Pope Francis in his homily for the second World Day of the Poor, to be commemorated November 18, 2018.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark
Originally Appeared in : 9821-10/11/18

One of my favorite musicals, whose songs I learned from the original cast album when I was only a few years old was The King and I. This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic was theatrical presentation of the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, “from a civilized land called Wales,” and finds herself on the other side of the world, Bangkok, as governess to the myriads of children of Rama IX, King of Siam (Thailand). 

 

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

I’ve learned a lot from hurricanes. As a native Floridian, then a resident of coastal Carolina, I’ve experienced my share of these deadly storms. The lessons bear repeating. And each time a new storm hits I re-learn them. 

 

These were the lessons I learned — again — as Hurricane Florence threatened my state. 

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark, STL
Originally Appeared in : 9820-9/27/18

On Friday, September 21, 2018, the Feast of Saint Matthew the Apostle, two 69th birthdays were observed—mine and that of the People’s Republic of China. This coincidence has rarely come into my mind on my birthday, but this year, the news released by the Holy See and the PRC on Saturday, September 22, 2018, forcefully rekindled that awareness. For on that day, the two parties simultaneously announced a “provisional agreement” to resolve the highly contentious issue of how Catholic Bishops should be appointed in the world’s most populous nation.

 

By: Father Douglas K. Clark, STL

In the year 702 before Christ, the Prophet Isaiah foretold the impending death of King Hezekiah of Judah, who had heeded the prophet’s warning and purified the religion of his kingdom 20 years before, lest it suffer the fate of the Lost Tribes of Israel at the hands of the Assyrian Empire.

By: Mary Hood Hart
Originally Appeared in : 9818-8/30/18

The release of the Grand Jury report from several dioceses in Pennsylvania, coming on the heels of Cardinal McCarrick’s resignation over alleged abuse, has shaken the Church to its core. As someone who’s worked in ministry either as a volunteer or employee for almost three decades, I find myself struggling to respond. I feel as if so much has been said already, and yet none of it seems adequate. Nonetheless, as Catholics, we are expected to respond.

 

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